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‘Kovak’ interviewed before Brighton free music session

Brighton electropop tunesters Kovak are getting noticed way beyond the Brighton manor.

So, with a free gig on Saturday, and before it all gets out of hand and the majors start chucking chunks of cash around, we thought it was time we caught up with them.

Here’s Darren, Kovak’s drummer:

Q: You’ve been busy, and tongues are definitely wagging. So, what’s the masterplan?

The plan?? To be come rich and famous and tour the world playing music! Or something like that. Maybe the odd Rolls in a swimming pool too..

Kovak Photographer: Elliot Nicol

'Kovak' Image: Elliot Nicol

Q: The band: who’s from where?

Me (Dazza Drums) and my Brother Karl (Guitar) are from Maidstone, although Karl was actually born in Cornwall, but we’ve been in Brighton a few years now! Martin (Keys/Bass) is from Kidderminster (up north right?), and Annelies (the voice) is actually from Belgium.

Q: Brighton’s packed with bands. Does that make it easier for musicians or more difficult?

Well… hhmmm, tough one that… to be honest i suppose the more bands there are the trickier it is to get noticed, but we don’t mind a bit of competition!!!

I suppose if there were only 100 bands in the world, yes would be a lot easier to get noticed!!

Q: We’re still hooked back into 80s culture, which bands really defined the period for you?

For me personally i wasn’t really a fan of the 80’s!!! But i suppose looking back now i would say Duran Duran, Pixies, Joy Division/New Order, AH SOO MANY!! …Can I say The Police??? Kinda late 70’s i suppose!!! And i love a bit of Indie and Grunge, but that was more late 80’s early 90’s.

Q:The guy who plays the wheelybin/watercooler drum kit  around Brighton: drummer or nutter?

Ah yes i know the one… eeerrr NUTTA! But he is quite good

Q: When you leave town for a while, which part of Brighton do you take with you?

THE BEACH!!!!!

You’ve been busy, and tongues are definitely wagging. So, what’s the masterplan?
The plan?? To be come rich and famouse and tour the world playing music! Or something like that. Maybe the odd Rolls in a swimming pool too..
The band: who’s from where? (areas of Brighton, or if they came here to study just say).
Me (Dazza Drums) and my Brother Karl (Guitar) are from Maidstone, although Karl was actually born in Cornwall, but we’ve been in Brighton a few years now!
Martin (Keys/Bass) is from Kidderminster (up north right?)
Annelies (the voice) is actually from Belgium
Brighton’s packed with bands. Does that make it easier for musicians or more difficult?
Well… hhmmm, tough one that… to be honest i suppose the more bands there are the trickier it is to get noticed, but we dont mind a bit of competition!!!
I suppose if there were only 100 bands in the world, yes would be a lot easier to get noticed!!
We’re still hooked back into 80s culture, which bands really defined the period for you?
For me personally i wasnt really a fan of the 80’s!!! But i suppose looking back now i would say Duran Duran, Pixies, Joy Division/New Order, AH SOO MANY!! …Can i say The Police??? Kinda late 70’s i suppose!!! And i love a bit of Indie and Grunge, but that was more late 80’s early 90’s
The guy who plays the wheelybin/watercooler drum kit  around Brighton: drummer or nutter?
Ah yes i know the one… eeerrr NUTTA! But he is quite good
When you leave town for a while, which part of Brighton do you take with you? (which memory – location, moment etc)
THE BEACH!!!!!

Catch Kovak live this weekend in Brighton during White Night@ The Blind Tiger Club (formerly Hector’s House) 7pm till 4am, with Kovak on at midnight.

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Enjoy half term in Brighton

Yes, it’s nearly Halloween and the little horrors will soon be keeping us up with their tricks – and demanding an endless supply of treats no doubt. Well, if you need them entertained book a BnB in Brighton and take a look at the range of events we’ve got coming up next week.

Autumn sun and half term fun!

Autumn sun and half term fun!

Child Friendly Brighton has the most comprehensive listing of what’s on – here’s our pick of the best entertainment for families in Brighton and nearby.

Gorrid the Horrid

Live music, puppets and animation combined in this children’s fright fest. Turn up in fancy dress and you can win a prize. Ideal for kids aged 4-10 yrs and good offers on family tickets.

B-Starz Academy Half Term Boot Camp

Industry pros help kids burn off their half term excitement with classes in dance, acting and singing. There’s a fee involved, but the course runs till Thursday and all students get to perform in the live show. Ideal for kids aged 7-11 and 12-16 yrs.

Halloween Lantern Walk

The weekend in Brighton is when the activities really get going. Starting in Preston Park on Saturday 29 there’s a lantern walk, with prizes for the best lanterns and fancy dress costumes. Wrap up warm and keep the creeps away.

Visiting Brighton for the first time, have a look at our Brighton What’s On page.

And for more details and inspiration for the October half term, here’s the planner and a great resource for child friendly activities.

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Brighton’s Shakedown festival gets green light

Just when you thought the summer was over, it makes a comeback. And just when you thought there were no festivals left, more appear!

The Shakedown Festival

Set in the wonderful, yet often overlooked, Stanmer Park, this could be the final festival fling.  Now with its licence granted by the council, the gloves are off and the big names are lined up for one of the biggest weekends in Brighton this year.

Just out of town, just have to go!

Just out of town, just have to go!

Razorlight top the bill at ‘Brighton’s Summer Closing Party’ along with Example – he’s got a new album out aroundabout now.

If the DJ set from 2manydj’s does anything to get close to their album ‘As Heard on Radio Soulwax pt2′ – which is playing right now as I write – I’ll be most impressed. Zane Lowe makes the line-up as do local pretenders Kovak.

Brighton music fans will know this band well, as they have been building quite a following. Good luck to them, see you all there!

Shakedown festival is on the 17th September, here’s where to get your Shakedown tickets

Here’s a map how to get to Stanmer Park

And if you live local, here’s how to get discounted hotel rooms

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Brighton BnB, Beach, Beer Festival: Does it get any better?

Book a Brighton BnB today because it’s the Brighton Beer Festival -and looking at the info, there’s clearly a festival going on and not just beerheadedness.

Sup it up - Brighton Beer Festival

Sup it up - Brighton Beer Festival

Four days of fun, set up to entertain and refresh at the same time – as well as beer, there will be cider and real ale, as well as live bands, competitions and stalls.

Starting Thursday 14th and running through till Sunday, the festival is to be found just back from the West Pier.

Keen to keep ladies interested – those who otherwise wouldn’t be interested in such blokeish beer exploits – there’s also plenty of wines, spirits and cocktails to be sampled – most women love a pint, and plenty of blokes like a ‘GnT’ so there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Entertainment sees bands playing all the way through – with the occasional DJ set between changeovers. There’s also a Juice FM Battle of the Bands and it’s all finished of with a set by the Brighton Beach Boys.

Dodgy play on Friday night, other bands include The Grits, and The Blockheads.

And if the weather stays, it’s set to be one very long, and very enjoyable summer weekend; don’t dare spend it in your Brighton BnB!

More information about the Beer Fest Brighton

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Live music on bank holiday in Brighton

There’s always live music on bank holiday in Brighton. So when you’ve got two bank holidays, you just know the town is ready for some serious gigging!

On top of this we’ve a royal wedding- incase you hadn’t noticed. Well, in celebration of all this time off, Brighton has lined up one of the best sessions of live music, ever.

Brighton Live!

Brighton Live!

Starting with the big venues, there’s former Jam member Bruce Foxton, The British Pink Floyd Show, N Dubz and Beady Eye all playing the Brighton centre between the 22nd April and the 27th.

The Buena Vista Social Club are on at the Brighton Dome  on the 17 April, there’s body percussion sessions and African drumming skills on the Monday and Tuesday that follow.

We all know that live music on bank holiday in Brighton is not just about the big venues: Concord 2 is packing in the acts towards the end of the month: DJ Yoda, Christian metal band Underoath, and US legends of ska and rock fusion, Fishbone are all lined up.

With all this time off handed to us, it’s about time we got out there and back into the scene – this is the best town in the UK for live music, so lets make the most of it!

You could be preparing bunting for a street party… or you could be jumping on the train to check out the live music on bank holiday in Brighton, and every other weekend this month.

For more information about which bands are on, and all the other events on our bounus bank holidays , check out our listings, below:

Brighton Centre

Brighton Dome

Concord 2

Want to stay over? Discounted rooms in Brighton

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Boy George and Fatboy: DJs back in action

Boy George and Brighton’s Fatboy Slim have more in common than you first might think. Both were pop stars of the 80’s (Culture Club and The Housemartins), both turned international house DJs and both are now back in action.

Fatboy is working with Talking Heads supremo David Byrne, and Boy George is touring again, and yes he’s coming to Brighton.

Whether the two will meet, who knows? Perhaps with a pint by the sea, or over a cocktail in one of the city’s swish bars.

Either way the two are back on form, so keep your ears pinned back: sweet soul and sonic delights are sure to follow.

Boy George performs live at the Brighton Dome on April 20th.

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